A Guide to Buying Cheap Computer Monitors

The purpose of the computer monitor is very vital, but, in a way, it also isn’t. You cannot use your computer without the monitor since it serves as your visual display to see what is going on. However, the monitor doesn’t exactly make the computer function. Therefore, many people choose to buy sub-standard monitors, since it does not add anything to the function and purpose of the computer, or so they say. However, as anyone using a computer extensively will know, a monitor does add something, as it heightens the visual pleasure you can attain from using a computer. Getting a sub-standard monitor may not affect the speed of your computer, but if will affect how you use your computer, since computer usage is also a visual task.

When you are choosing a computer monitor, you have to consider the size. The monitor of a computer is measured the way a television monitor is measured—diagonally, which means you measure it from top right corner to bottom left, for instance. The size of the monitor is measured before the casing is placed on the tube, this means if you are going to measure the tube, it won’t be exact. LCD monitors, however, will be closer to the size indicated if you do measure it.

So in any case, what size should you buy? Of course, this is a personal preference as well as a financial one, although you will want to buy a monitor 17 inches and above. Anything below that will be too small; a 17-inch, on the other hand, is sufficient enough. Needless to say, you will have to consider the space you can allot for your monitor.

Another consideration to factor in when you buy a monitor is if you will buy a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitor or an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) monitor. The CRT is often considered as the traditional monitor, while the LCD monitor is similar to what is called a flat-screen in televisions. Again, both LCD and CRT monitors work well, although LCD monitors tend to flicker less. Also, there is the aesthetic factor to consider. While CRT monitors are still efficient and compatible to today’s computer technology, LCD monitors are more pleasing to the eyes (its picture quality also produces more visually pleasing results) due to its look. If you want an extremely cheap monitor, you should choose CRT. LCD monitors, however, offer great value since it is something you can use for a long period of time.

Lastly, you need to consider the refresh rate of the monitor. The refresh rate is simply how often the screen updates the picture. If the screen updates faster, the less flicker. A monitor with at least 60 hertz (or a monitor that refresh 60 times per second) is sufficient enough to give you considerable picture quality.

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